York City Walls in Spring by fishers

York City Walls in Spring

One of the joys of the York city walls at this time of year is the carpets of daffodils on the banks below them.

The planting of bulbs here has a long history. It was started in the early 1800's by Backhouse Nurseries, an early garden centre located just inside the city walls by Queen Street. They planted daffodils outside the city walls at that point, to advertise their business. The site was bought by York's first railway company & used for the city's first railway station. Backhouse moved to a greenfield site elsewhere, but left their daffodils behind.

Much more recently, in the 1960s, groups of school children from a number of York schools planted daffodils around the whole circuit of the walls. Different parts of the walls see their daffodils bloom at different times, depending how much sunlight they get and the variety of bulbs planted.

This section, between the railway station and Lendal Bridge, is the last to see the daffodils flower.

Behind the city walls in this shot is the Grand Hotel, which was York's first 5 star hotel. It started life as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway, and some of the railway features still exist in the hotel.

The daffodils around the city walls have featured before in our project, most recently about 2 years ago - https://365project.org/fishers/365/2019-03-11

This shot was taken a week ago, while I was sat at a bus stop waiting for my transport home.

Ian
Fabulous! Always loved the daffs by the Walls. We stayed at The Grand for Teenager’s 18th in 2019. It was wonderful ❤️🚂
April 12th, 2021  
Beautiful shot, and very interesting information
April 12th, 2021  
Excellent composition!
amazing to plant so many daffodils, must be marvellous to see
April 12th, 2021  
Nice flag!
April 12th, 2021  
Lovely to see such a profusion of daffodils
April 12th, 2021  
lovely
April 12th, 2021  
Great capture of the hotel and super narrative
April 12th, 2021  
Wonderful shot.
April 12th, 2021  
A great capture of those lovely flowers, the nice wall and beautiful building. Fav.
April 12th, 2021  
Beautiful shot!
April 12th, 2021  
What a fabulous sight, I dong think I've ever seen so many together, fav.
April 13th, 2021  
Very nice shot
April 13th, 2021  
So beautiful!
April 13th, 2021  
they look fabulous.
April 13th, 2021  
How lovely! I have sorted daffodils in the garden but they haven't bloomed except one or two. The weather is too hot for them I think. Next year I will dig them up and try another location.
April 13th, 2021  
@casablanca @monicac @ninaganci @jesika2 @busylady @pdulis @seattlite @peadar @pyrrhula @djclow @pattyblue @bkbinthecity @kjarn @pusspup @sangwann

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

I was amused by Jessika's comment about the flag, above the hotel name. The blue flag has a white rose at the centre, and is the flag of Yorkshire. In recent years it has become an increasingly common sight, and along with the increasing popularity of Yorkshire Day on 1st August and the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race, the identity of the county of Yorkshire has been strengthened.

Ian
April 13th, 2021  
Three Ridings and York, if you please.
April 13th, 2021  
@jesika2

I stand corrected. I really should explain my terms more clearly!

Ian
April 14th, 2021  
Nice place!
April 17th, 2021  
@vesna0210

Thank you Vesna, it is a lovely view while sitting waiting for a bus home!

Ian
April 18th, 2021  
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